Paz Vega is a Spanish actress. She is known best in the United States for her roles in such films as "Sex and Lucia," "Spanglish," and the 2008 comic book adaptation, "The Spirit."
Paz Campos Trigo was born in Seville, Andalusia, Spain on January 2, 1976. She later went on to make her stage name Paz Vega, with Vega being her grandmother's last name. Of all the actresses' backstories out there, we'd venture to guess that not many can say they had a bullfighter as a father like Paz did. Fortunately for her, it was not a lifestyle that one is born into, and therefore, she chose to instead set her sights on acting. Of course, this did not come without the inspiration of Federico Garcaa Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba, the play that originally persuaded her to take up the craft when she just 15. She attended the prestigious Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school soon after, and then made her way to Madrid to further pursue her dreams.
From her early days starring on the Spanish series, "Menudo es mi padre," it was obvious that Paz's natural beauty meant she would have a long and fruitful career in front of her. Sure enough, she was soon starring in "Companeros" and "Mas que amigos" as well, and by 1999, appeared in her first motion picture, "Zapping." Of course, it wasn't until being cast as one of the leads on the Spanish comedy series, "7 vidas" (often referred to as equivalent to "Friends" in the U.S.), that Paz really caught the public eye. The series even went on to become the longest running show of all-time on Spanish television.
Since her fame began to hit new heights, Paz's career has only continued to grow, especially after starring in the film, "Sex and Lucia" in 2001, a film which gained her attention in the U.S., as well. From there, Paz's projects continued to expand to the U.S. as she went on to star in such films as "Spanglish," "10 Items or Less," and even voiced a character in the 2012 family film, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."